Columbia 'Two Vines' Crest Riesling 2006
Tasting Notes "Enticing aromas of baked pear and fresh peaches are complemented by a touch of sandalwood. A bright, sweet-tart finish follows loads of generous fruit salad flavors." -Ray Einberger, Winemaker Growing Season The 2006 growing season was marked by weather extremes, with near record rainfall in the Columbia Valley during the early spring and record high temperatures in early and mid-summer. Although a challenging season weather-wise, exceptional sites including the warmer parts of the Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope saw early ripening and bold flavors from the high temperatures. In the cooler growing areas, later ripening prompted good acidity and flavor in white varietals, as well as good color, pronounced fruit flavors and less aggressive tannins in reds. Vineyards Columbia Valley vineyards are seated east of the Cascade Mountain range. Up to 14,000 feet high, the mountains effectively block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. Just 6 to 8 inches of rainfall reach the growing region annually. Vineyards are 100% drip irrigation. The soils have low fertility and low water-holding capacity, allowing precise control of vine growth patterns. Vines are planted north to south on south and southeast facing slopes. Vinification At pressing, the juice cold-settled for two days. The juice was inoculated with a number of different yeasts to initiate the 20-30 day fermentations. Cool temperatures throughout the winemaking process enhanced the naturally clean, floral character and crisp acidity. Technical Data Total acidity: 0.71 g/100ml pH: 3.04 Alcohol: 11.5% Sugar: 3.51g/100ml
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.
golden color, full body, sweet, little acidity that lingers in the back of your mouth It's a good wine with or w/out food, but probably a little too sweet for my taste. Great beginner wine
Last night we made a Pad Thai recipe from Food and Wine, http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-pad-thai, magazine. They recommended a California or Australian Riesling: "Anything more than a straightforward white with some residual sugar would be pointless with the forceful flavors of the pad thai. A riesling from California or Australia will be fine". I went shopping and decided to try this Columbia Crest Riesling because we have enjoyed their reds. It was a great choice. It had just the right balance of sweetness versus tartness to fit well with the slightly spicy dish.